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MARK MUSASHI: A Stuntman's Path

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THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME

Chances are if you are a Tokusatsu fan, you have probably heard or read the name, Mark Musashi (or マーク武蔵 if you are Japanese). But don't be fooled too much by his last name, or even his convincing looks. Although born in the city of Rikuzentakata, Iwate, Japan, and having also lived in Shimokitazawa , much of Mark's history is rooted in the rural town of Buckfield, Maine.

"Growing up in Buckfield is probably similar to growing up in any town of 2,000 people located in a very rural area.  In many ways, it reminds me of the saying that 'it takes a village to raise a child.' The truth of the matter is that I was surrounded by the same group of people from the first days that I can remember all the way through to high school graduation. And while it can be a bit disturbing to think that all the girls you might ask to the prom are the same ones that saw you picking your nose in elementary school, I am grateful for the bond that came fro…

Well Go USA Brings You MUAY THAI WARRIOR This March

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Well Go USA is releasing one of their latest titles, MUAY THAI WARRIOR on Blu-Ray and DVD on March 5, 2013. The film, which was previously released in December of 2010 as YAMADA: THE SAMURAI OF AYOTHAYA, stars Seigi Ozeki, Sorapong Chatree and Winai Kraibutr, with renowned Muay Thai Boxers boxers Buakaw Por. Pramuk, Saenchai Sor. Kingstar, Yodsanklai Fairtex and Anuwat Kaewsamrit, and is produced and directed by Nopporn Watin.

The film is currently available at Amazon or wherever DVDs are sold.

SYNOPSIS via Well Go USA
Betrayed and left for dead by treacherous Japanese forces, young samurai Yamada Nagamasa (Seigi Ozeki) is rescued to a remote village in Siam and nursed back to health among the acolytes in the monastery. Working tirelessly to master the art of Muay Boran (Thai boxing), fearless and brutal Yamada is selected to become a royal bodyguard to King Naresuan The Great. His greatest challenge comes on the day he's forced to fight back against the elite Japanese warriors w…

NINJA TURTLES Release Date Pushed Back Again To June 2014

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Deadline recently reported that the upcoming Michael Bay-produced and Jonathan Libesman-directed reboot of NINJA TURTLES has had its release date pushed a month back from May 16, 2014 to June 6, 2014.

No word yet on who will be cast in the film other than that of Megan Fox, who will portray April O'Neil in the film, which came as a shock to many just a few years after Bay and Fox fell out upon the release of Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen.

The film will be based on a screenplay by Josh Applebaum, with production assistance from the original creators of the TMNT franchise, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. Stuntman, stunt coordinator, actor and fight choreographer David Leitch will be in charge with directing the action sequences along with stunt group, 87Eleven.

The Full Trailer For KIDS POLICE Is Now Online

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Todd Brown over at Twitch has posted a new trailer for the upcoming film Kids Police, a filmic ohmage to 70's classic Japanese action cop dramas with a comedic spin, based on a popular TBS Japanese TV show about a special investigations unit infiltraing a criminal organization called Red Venus, until the team is ultimately ambushed, leaving the Special Investigations branch of the Kanagawa police force operated by children.


The film stars Fuku Suzuki, Miyu Honda, Kaichi Kaburagi, Keito Aoki, Yuga Aizawa and Michiko Kichise. It is directed by Yuichi Fukuda and is set for a Japan theatrical release on March 20, 2013.

SYNOPSIS via AsianWiki:
Detectives in the special investigation team in Kanagawa go after criminal organization "Red Venus," based out of Yokohama. While pursuing the gang, the detectives turn into children due to exposure to a special gas. Dekachou (Fuku Suzuki) and the other detectives continue their investigation via an order from the National Police Agency…

New Trailer For Raimund Huber Film DRAGONWOLF

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Filmmaker Raimund Huber has a new movie coming out from Epic Pictures, just after the recent release of Kill Em' All. His latest film is called Dragonwolf, a "manga-style" shot action adventure about two assassins of the same company who become bitter rivals when a woman comes between them. The film stars Macha Polivka, writer Johan Kirsten and Kazu Patrick Tang who also serves as the film's action director and stunt coordinator along with Surin Kambooraung.

SYNOPSIS:
The Devil's Cauldron, a city where depravity and violence has forged a society in which only the lethal and callous can survive, two young men who possess the intellect and ferocity to flourish, carve a name for themselves as the most efficient and unstoppable hit men. Side by side, these two brothers are the deadliest killers, feared by even the most evil criminals. But when a woman of rare beauty mysteriously enters the brother's lives she blinds them with her sweet promises and turns them aga…

JIMMY CHHIU: A Classic Example

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Jimmy Chhiu, originally from Santa Rosa, California, is a professional athlete, up-and-coming actor, stunt performer and filmmaker, and a regular practioner of Wushu and Taijiquan who occasionally dabbles in other martial arts styles. With just a few years in the industry, according to his IMDb page, Chhiu is already heavy working toward accomplishing his goals on both TV and film, as well as in the independent action film industry.

His efforts have lended him opportunities to share the screen with the likes of, Leo Howard on Disney XD's Kickin' It, a small role in Act Of Valor, and featured roles in independent action films with such martial arts directors as Shaun Charney from Dragon Phoenix Entertainment, Anna Ranoso, Narayana Cabral and Micah Brock from Whirlwind Action. As an actor perfecting his craft, he idolizes Marlon Brando and Jackie Chan and their previous achievents as iconic film figures who have further evolved the film business into what it is today, saying a …

Nina Bergman Kills The Nazis In Jesse Johnson's WONDER WOMAN

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I'm noticing a theme this week. Fan-made material appears to be getting a LOT of buzz in the month of February. A new Resident Evil fan film was just made, Infinities Edge Studios unveiled Tomb Raider fan film with another fan tribute along the way, and Eric Jacobus's new Star Wars experimental FPS, Vader Strikes, has garnished over 100, 000 views in just two days on Youtube.

Pan over to Jessie V. Johnson, who has gained well over 20 years of credentials as a stuntman, writer, producer, cameraman, stunt coordinator and action filmmaker, and decided to bring his experience to a new level, with a conceptual approach to a Wonder Woman movie fan trailer, starring Nina Bergman in the title role with Peter Stomare. Time to forward the legal jargon...

DISCLAIMER: Wonder Woman is a non-profit film for private use only, and is not for sale or resale. It is strictly for the promotional use of the filmmaker. It is in NO way endorsed by Warner Brothers or DC Comics nor is it intended to u…

New Trailer For Short Fan Film, TOMB RAIDER: NO ANGEL

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Infinities Edge Studios is an independent film company based in Bookham, Surrey, U.K., founded in 2011 and run by cinematographer, writer, VFX editor, director, novelist and independent filmmaker Andrew Dobell. Dobell's previous films include Nahab, Dragonborn, Confrontation and Assassin, two of which he accredits Artyfakes for creating prop weapons and other designs.

Dobell recently unveiled the new trailer for the latest shortfilm, TOMB RAIDER: NO ANGEL, starring Tabitha Lyons as Lara Croft, along with Annabel Bates and Robert Holden, with Jon Hutton, Ross McDowell and Darrell Wilson. Further credits go to hair and make-up artist Kalissa Bentley, boom operator Nic Samiotis, driving and catering by Lorna Lyon-Smith, location Manager Phil Branscombe and costume designer Krystina Kitsis.

SYNOPSIS:
While hunting for an artifact in a cave system, deep in the wilds, adventurer Lara Croft discovers she's not the only person in the caves looking for it. As she moves through the cavern…

Stan Lee To Co-Produce 'Perfect Chinese' Superhero Film, ANNIHILATOR

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Several reports came out as of last week from a press release about an upcoming new film based on one of Stan Lee's latest comic book creations, Annihilator, which has been in development since 2011. The feature film will be based on a script from screenwriter Dan Gilroy, whose previous works include Real Steel and The Bourne Legacy. It will be produced by Stan Lee alongside Barry Josephsonand Magic Storms Entertainment, along with Douglas Falconer and Chinese state run National Film Capital who is also co-financing the film, which will consist of a budget of up to $150 million dollars.


Eric Mika, chief-executive of Magic Storm Entertainment had this to say about the new partnership:
"Barry is the perfect partner at every level to produce a film of this magnitude that targets a global market, including mainland China,

"Barry's talents combined with Dan Gilroy's explosive script makes Stan Lee's treatment extremely powerful and a cornerstone for a unique franchi…

New Shortfilm Trailer: FAHRENHEIT

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Lunar Stunts is an independent action film team, originally founded and started in 2005 by Eric and his younger brother, Irvin, in Washington state. In the last eight years since, they have collaborated with several independent action filmmakers such as Fernando Jay Huerto of Jabronie Pictures and Eric Jacobus of The Stunt People, and their base of operations is now located in Southern California, with five members skilled in martial arts and performance, including Eric and Irvin, who are trained in Hapkido and Kukkiwon Tae Kwon Do at their father's dojo. The other three members include Zach and Alec Turner who are trained in MMA and Hapkido, respectively, and Andrew Unke who is trained in Brawl-style Karate.


Eric Nguyen has unveiled his latest trailer for the upcoming shortfilm, Fahrenheit, which stars Irvin Nguyen as a man who must find a way to clear his name after being convicted of murder he does not remember committing. The cast also includes Tru Min Do, Lunar Stunts member …

Film Of The Week: BROKEN PATH

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Synopsis via IMDb : On an isolated ranch in the desert, one man must protect his wife from a secret past that he is now forced to confront. With the sun towering in the sky overhead, the ranch sits beneath the vast blue, isolated amidst the arid terrain, Though life is certainly evident as a house warming party ensues. Still under renovation, scaffolding and tools are strewn across the ranch, while benches and tables and are set up for the food and beverages. The neighbors chat amongst themselves as the hosts - Jack (Johnny Yong Bosch) and Lisa (Pamela Walworth) - hustle about to keep them entertained. As the evening creeps over the scene, the crowd disperses, and Maddy - the couple's daughter - prepares to leave for her first summer camp. By nightfall, they find themselves alone, the guests gone, on Maddy her way on the road, and the ranch left once again in the quiet. As Jack and Lisa prepare themselves for a summer of settling and renovating, they soon find themselves swept up …

Oldie/Goodie Review - Fight Clip: NO WAY OUT (2009)

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I recently had the chance to briefly speak to Joey Min, and Jon Truei, who, aside from their current careers, are also oft-partners in independent action filmmaking. Earlier this month, Min uploaded a fight scene clipped from a previously unfinished project with martial arts stunt performer, David Crosby, called No Way Out. The clip was originally shot in 2008 and uploaded a year later and features some truly fast paced, violent Hong Kong stylized choreography set in open field, featuring swordplay, knife fighting, and ultimately, feats of Wing Chun and Tae Kwon Do, from Joey and David, respectively.

The scene also features an intense soundtrack adding a sense of underlying drama to a clip that looks like its part of a much longer story. And in my opinion, it should have been. Joey is a 20-year practitioner of Shaolin Kung Fu, along with some training in Hyakkuken and Kyokushin Karate. His eight years of professional filmmaking after high school lend him much deserved credit as an ac…

The Stunt People GoPro In VADER STRIKES

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Growing up, I had always heard of Star Wars, but I was never too heavily exposed to Star Wars as I was more into films starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal. As I got older though, and the more I got into movies, the more I came to understand the culture behind the franchise, especially with the Star Wars prequels that came out in the last 20 years. Around the time the prequels came out, I had a working VHS player and I finally got around to watching all six Star Wars films. To say the least, along with all the other millions of fans around the world, I also enjoyed these films. Specifically speaking, as any action, sci-fi or a Star Wars fan, as much as I enjoy this epic saga of political turmoil, love, tragedy and the extremes of internal conflict, I also love a good lightsaber battle.

The evolution of the internet has provided nearly limitless opportunities for Star Wars fans to invest their share and interest in the cultural unity embodying the fanfare for Star Wars.…

Tempest Academy To TAKEOVER This Sunday

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The Tempest Freerunning Academy is an athletic recreational school in California headlined by a team of athletes and instructors that some of the most talented athletes in today's TV and film stunt industry, including Narayana Cabral, Rich King, and Lucy Romberg who will be performing stunts in the upcoming 2014 film, Ten starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joe Manganiello and Sam Worthington.

On Sunday, Feb 24th, Tempest Freerunning Academy will host the TEMPEST TAKEOVER PRO JAM, a live event tomorrow at 12:00pm featuring performances in parkour and freerunning, as well as exclusive interviews from professional athletes gathered from around the world. Follow Team Tempest using the hashtag #TempestProTakeover to get in on the action. If you wish to contact the team, you can email them here.

ADDRESS/TELEPHONE:Tempest Freerunning Academy
19821 Nordhoff Place. #115
Los Angeles, CA 91311
Phone #: (818) 717-0525
Be sure to subscribe to their official Youtube channel where you can s…

NARAYANA CABRAL: Driven To Soar

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Narayana Cabral is a natural-born athlete, multifaceted in martial arts, freerunning, gymnastics, aerial body manipulation, and skateboarding. Growing up in Southern California, he has since applied himself from a very young age, working to illustrate his abilities on both sides of the camera, performing stuntwork and comprehensive stunt coordination and fight choreography, teaching, editing, direction and cinematography.

With lifelong dreams of becoming a martial arts action star, inspired by such contemporary action hits such as Ong Bak, The Forbidden Kingdom, The Raid: Redemption, Ip Man 2 and Undisputed 3, his years of incorporating his physical prowess with years of independent filmmaking experience has led him to train and work with numerous people, from Micah Brock, Shaun Charney and Chancler Hayes, to martial arts cinema greats like Erik Betts and Art Camacho. (You can view some of Narayana's training footage with Art Camacho here and here.)


Narayana also attributes the p…

Fox And Bay Reunite For The NINJA TURTLES Reboot

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Deadline reported on Thursday that actress Megan Fox will join the cast of the the Michael Bay-produced and Jonathan Liebesman-directed reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The news comes long after it became public that the work-relationship between Bay and Fox melted down, leading to a write-out of Fox's characte from the third Transformers movie.

The film is a reboot of the entire franchise, with albeit direct support from the original creators of the TMNT franchise. Liebesman had this to say of his partner and co-creator, Kevin Eastman, who is also working on the vision for the film: “Whatever mythology we’re building on or expanding is from that guy, Kevin Eastman’s head, who created the Turtles in the first place. And so everything will tie in with the mythology; fans will be extremely excited with what we’re coming up with.  A lot of it is stuff he’s wanted to do for a long time, but just hasn’t had the opportunity because now we have the budget and things on this film…